Jimmy Kimmel's Back-to-School Prank Relies on Gender Stereotypes and Homophobia

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Jimmy Kimmel's Back-to-School Prank Relies on Gender Stereotypes and Homophobia Jimmy Kimmel's Back-to-School Prank Relies on Gender Stereotypes and Homophobia
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Jimmy Kimmel's Back-to-School Prank Relies on Gender Stereotypes and Homophobia

by Liz Dwyer

September 8, 2012

Having a fresh outfit for the first day of school is a must, but what would you do if your parents suggested you wear something incredibly embarrassing instead? Catching the horrified reactions of kids being presented with terrible outfits on camera was the premise behind a recent prank from the Jimmy Kimmel Live show, "Hey Jimmy Kimmel, I Got My Kid a Horrible Back-to-School Outfit."

It's tempting to say it’s all just a joke and folks shouldn't be so sensitive but while these kinds of stereotypes are good for a low brow laugh, the consequences for bullied kids are all too real. Indeed, perhaps viewers sent in a deluge of complaints on Wednesday or someone at the Kimmel show or ABC realized that the prank clips are pretty offensive. We shouldn't laugh at stereotyping that ends up hurting kids. Good for them for taking it down.

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